'''Joseph Conrad''' (; born '''Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski'''; 3 December 1857 – 3 August 1924) was a Polish Britons|Polish-British
writer regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language.
He joined the Merchant Navy (United Kingdom)|British merchant marine
in 1878, and was granted British nationality
in 1886. Though he did not speak English fluently until he was in his twenties, he was a master prose stylist who brought a non-English sensibility into English literature.
[Rudyard Kipling felt that "with a pen in his hand he was first amongst us" but that there was nothing English in Conrad's mentality: "When I am reading him, I always have the impression that I am reading an excellent translation of a foreign author." Cited in Jeffrey Meyers, ''Joseph Conrad: A Biography'', p. 209. Cf. Zdzisław Najder's similar observation: "He was... an English writer... ]